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Course Reserves

This page contains an overview of Drexel Libraries Course Reserves Services

Textbooks and Suggested Reading Material

Drexel University Libraries maintains a collection of both library owned textbooks and instructor personal textbooks behind the circulation desk at each of our locations. Required texts are not kept in these collections unless requested by a course instructor. Instructors can find more information on how to make such a request here.

Students can search the Libraries' catalog for course reserves books on the library website, here. This link directs to a specialized keyword search that will return only physical reserves materials. In addition to citation information, results will list the location of the book, the availability, and the call number (which will help staff find the book in the collection). Please note the Location of the books in the result to make sure that you visit the correct library to find your book. Also please note that using punctuation in the search may skew results.

Electronic Reserves

Drexel University Libraries maintains a collection of electronic reserves materials including journal articles and books owned by the libraries, scanned books chapters, and streaming video. This content is accessed by students and instructors via BlackBoard Learn. Instructors can find more information on how to add electronic content to their course shells here

Streaming Media

Drexel University Libraries Reserves staff can convert DVDs and VHS tapes to streaming media files on request by instructors. Streaming media is available only to students enrolled in the course for which it was requested, during the term for which it was requested. 

Contact Us

For more information, please send an email to If you have any questions about these new processes, you may also contact a reserves staff member. Thank you for your patience!